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Giessen: PhD position 2: Evol of Pontocaspian biota PDF Tisk Email
Job 2: Early Stage Researcher ESR B4
Institute/ Supervisor Giessen – Tom Wilke
Drivers of Pontocaspian biodiversity Rise and Demise: Molecular
evolution of Pontocaspian biota
The Justus Liebig University Giessen is looking for prospective
candidates with a background in evolutionary biology and an interest
in interdisciplinary palaeontological and phylogenetic research in
the Pontocaspian region (Black Sea, Caspian Sea and Anatolia and
The successful candidate will be employed as researcher without a
PhD and enrolled as PhD student to complete a PhD thesis within the
contract period of 3 years to reconstruct past evolutionary events
and diversity changes over ~2 Ma in several Pontocaspian species flocks
(e.g., lymnocardiine and dreissenid bivalves, pyrguline gastropods) using
genetic information from extant taxa combined with fossil occurrences as a
baseline for understanding the current species richness and distribution
patterns (biodiversity). Of interest are coalescent analyses based on
mt‐DNA data for reconstructing past demographic and spatial expansion
events, molecular clock analyses for timing past diversification events
and lineage‐through‐time (LTT) plots to test for deviations from a
constant speciation rate over time. The latter two approaches are based
on multi‐locus genetic datasets. The inferred evolutionary events will
be compared to major hydrological and climatic events of the Pontocaspian
derived from parallel projects to obtain an understanding of the biotic
and abiotic factors driving evolution in space and time. This project
will include a secondment at the Natural History Museum Grigore Antipa
in Bucharest (RU) for analyses of extant Black Sea taxa and a secondment
at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden (NL) to study fossil mollusk
occurrences. The candidate will enroll in an extensive Network Training
Research Fields 
Evolution, phylogeny, phylogeography, paleontology,
Career Stage Early stage researcher or 04 yrs (Post graduate)
Research Profiles 
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Type of contract 
Temporary employment with the Federal State of
Hesse. Full time 40 hrs/wk
Salary a month/year
 A salary that matches the MSCAITN and local rules,
a monthly mobility allowance of 600, gross and a possible monthly
family allowance of 500, gross.
 In accordance with Marie Sklodowska Curie Regulations
Information about the Marie Sklodowska Curie actions is available at
Financial and other technical information is available at
Address details of workplace
Department of Animal Ecology and Systematics
Systematics and Biodiversity Group
Justus Liebig University Giessen
H.-Buff-Ring 26-32 (IFZ)
D-35392 Giessen, Germany
Specific demands from your country/ institute
Ability to work in an internationally oriented environment, including
fluency in EnglishÍžM.Sc. in relevant field
Applicants are invited to submit the following documents:
    Letter of application (max 2 pages);
    Resume (Curriculum vitae);
    The names, position and e-mail addresses of at least two persons
    that can be contacted for reference; List of publications, including
    submitted manuscripts or papers in press, if any; Transcript of BSc
    and MSc diploma.
The required documents should be submitted by email to

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